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Protesting the Cancellation of Freedom Watch?

I am a HUGE fan of Freedom Watch and Judge Napolitano’s journalism and commentary. So I am bitterly disappointed that Fox Business chose to cancel it. My colleague Matt shares my disappointment.

I have to say I find it odd, though, that over at Lew Rockwell they are calling for all to “convey your outrage at this matter” to Fox. I think I get what they are driving at–Use your voice as a customer to tell the supplier you want them to keep providing the product. That is smart. I just would not talk about “outrage” but instead about demand or desire, just because the left so often uses “outrage” and a token for using populist pressure, rather than market pressure, to change decisions.

As much as I like Freedom Watch and the Judge, and hope he lands a new and equally effective gig, the fact is that Freedom Watch did not have good ratings. So Fox Business’s decision is the market in action–they don’t need shows that are wildly popular with a small audience, they need shows that draw bigger audiences and thus bigger ad revenue.

So rather than expressing outrage, all us fans of the Judge ought to be asking–why wasn’t his audience bigger? And how can we change that?

Adrian Moore

Adrian Moore, Ph.D., is vice president of policy at Reason Foundation, a non-profit think tank advancing free minds and free markets.